Panama City Beach Chiropractor
I had no concept of what a chiropractor did…
I am Dr. Sylvia M. Smith. I was born in Heidelberg, Germany and grew up in Farmingville, New York and Milford, DE. My parents emigrated from Germany and I enjoy brushing up on my German when I can. After graduating from LaSalle University Philadelphia, PA 1981 with honors and a bachelor degree in biology and chemistry I moved back to Milford to work as a chemist at Dentsply International. After 3 years, I realized this was not how I wanted to spend my career and I discovered Chiropractic. In fact, my mother had had back surgery following years of low back pain. The surgery was unsuccessful and she continued to suffer until she sought relief through Dr. Lynn Walsh a chiropractor in our town of Milford. I had no concept of what a chiropractor did… in fact I told my mother that she should not go to a chiropractor even though he had helped her tremendously. She asked me why she should not go; I said, “I don’t know, you are just not supposed to go to one.”
Dr. Sylvia Smith Learns About Chiropractic
Living in a small town and being athletic, I began playing in the men’s racquetball league and actually met her Doctor. He was nice and I became curious about his profession. I asked him what he did as a chiropractor and he said come to the office and I will show you. Following a thorough exam, he explained exactly what symptoms my M.D. had been treating with muscle relaxers, painkillers, and OTC meds. I had not even told him one problem I was having-he told me based on his exam findings! I was rather skeptical and this was impressive to me. He gave me an adjustment. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. While lying on the adjustment table following my first chiropractic adjustment, I decided that that was amazing and I MUST learn how to do this. I left for Palmer University of Davenport, Iowa within 3 months. What a blessing that has been. I got to save my liver and learn how to truly be healthy. I am passionate about helping patients with their health issues and improving their quality of life and health through Chiropractic treatment and philosophy. Chiropractic, which means, “done by hand” has been around since the days of Hippocrates. The chiropractic philosophy of your body’s ability to heal itself has never changed in over 100 years. Chiropractic Physicians are trained to treat interference of the nervous system and the accompanying joint and muscle dysfunction. In addition, I am very well versed in nutrition and exercise and love helping my patients realize the important benefits to their overall healthy lifestyle.
In 1987, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer University in Davenport, Iowa. That is where I met my amazing husband, Dr. Michael J. Smith who is also a chiropractic physician. We married in 1987 and are thrilled to call Panama City Beach our home. We have practiced Chiropractic for over 25 years together and have two great young adult children. Our daughter is a freshman at FSU and our son is a Mosley High School student. Both of our children excel in academics, health and fitness. They were each adjusted for the first time within 1 hour of their birth and are excellent representatives for health through chiropractic.
Dr. Mike Smith is an avid racecar driver, fan, and along with Dr. Sylvia a treating physician for many of the top well known national and international racecar drivers and their team owners. The whole family shares this passion of racing and can be found at various racing events around the world.
Experienced Chiropractic Physician
As a Chiropractic Physician I have many areas of clinical expertise. I am well trained and experienced in extremity adjusting, spinal decompression for disc herniation’s and protrusions, spinal stenosis, facet changes and degenerative spinal changes, as well as posture and osteoporosis, nutrition and weight loss. We maintain a state of the art offices in which we offer Technologically advanced computerized treatment, laser therapy, specialized Digital Motion X-ray, Cybex rehabilitation, and many other modalities. I look forward to helping you and improving your health at Waterside Chiropractic.
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